Design and Technologies: Food specialisations (Level 9-10)

Kim’s story, Methodist Ladies’ College

Kim is a teacher of Home Economics at Methodist Ladies’ College. Kim challenged herself to find an innovative way to assess her Year 9 students in their elective unit.

Kim’s learning intention was to expose her students to a range of ICT tools that would allow them to research and present their work. To do this, Kim exposed them to AutoCollage, Thinglink and Pinterest.

Kim explains that students in this elective had to research an Asian country and then follow the design processes to create their own hawker-style food.

‘To document this process I wanted to move away from a class blog that I had been using previously. The wiki allowed each student to create their own page that could be viewed by the whole class. I could observe the progress of each student’s work and offer support and suggestions as could their peers’.

By using the wiki, students could upload Creative Commons images and videos of their prototype.

By using AutoCollage and Pinterest, to assist her students to find a connection to hawker foods from around the world, Kim believes that students were inspired to design their own product. After brainstorming the characteristics of hawker food using Pinterest, Kim’s students were tasked with finding images of hawker food from the Asian cuisine of their choice.

Indicators of success

The focus of these lessons was to engage students in a technology-rich experience to record their creation of a designed solutions. The success of this was evident through the quality wiki pages that they created. Students were inspired by the wiki pages of their peers. They also found the visual nature of the wiki page more satisfying and the immediacy of loading up images and videos appealing.

Student reflection

Katrina: ‘The wiki is a great way to not only work on projects but to submit them too. It reduced the number of paper worksheets and hard copies we needed to take home, reducing the amount of work lost. It also reduced the load we had to carry to and from school. Using the wiki was an easy way to complete our work as including photos and information was quick to put down. It also meant there was no excuse for losing our work!’ The wiki saved unneeded printing and prevented wasting paper. It was a convenient way for us growing up in the 21st century to complete our work.

Kim’s tips

  • Explore Creative Commons to access photographs that are legally able to be used and shared.
  • To get started with Thinglink you need to import a picture. After selecting a picture tap it to add interactive ‘pinmarks’. Each ‘pinmark’ that you add through the app can include text and or video links. When you've finished adding pinmarks you can keep it private in your ThingLink account can be created using an email address or a Facebook account.'

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